Wind Appeal launched
As predicted, the first major renewable (wind) energy approval has been appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Notice of the appeal was posted on the EBR Registry. I was glad to see, though, that this applicant doesn’t allege human health impacts. Because of the relatively narr…View the post titled Wind Appeal launched
Taxonomy, Critical to Biodiversity. Really.
Taxonomy is the science that accurately identifies, classifies and documents plant and animal species. It provides the “language” through which we can study biodiversity. It’s an exciting time for taxonomy, as advances in computer technology and genetic techniques change the pace at which t…View the post titled Taxonomy, Critical to Biodiversity. Really.
Drinking water source protection update
The Clean Water Act source protection process is chugging ahead on schedule. All 38 Threat Assessment Reports are expected by the end of December 2010; 25 have already been submitted for MOE review and approval. All Source Protection Plans must be submitted by August 20, 2012, and could be i…View the post titled Drinking water source protection update
Home Insurance and the Pollution Exclusion
A BC court has upheld the pollution exclusion in a home insurance policy. The issue was the scope of the “pollution exclusion” clause in a policy of home insurance issued by the defendant, BCAA Insurance Corporation, to the plaintiff, Brian Corbould. Corbould sought a declaration of coverage…View the post titled Home Insurance and the Pollution Exclusion
Documents excluded after illegal seizure
Environmental investigators are not allowed to seize private documents unless they have prior judicial authorization (i.e., a search warrant) or the consent of the owner of the documents. However, this does not always stop them.View the post titled Documents excluded after illegal seizure
Permit by Rule- update
The Ministry of the Environment is racing to have its new Environmental Activity and Sector Registry up and running for at least some sectors by September 2011. The Registry will establish a new system of “permit by rule” authorizations for common air emissions, instead of certificates of ap…View the post titled Permit by Rule- update
REA status updates
As of November 9th, the MOE had received 17 applications for renewable energy approvals. Six of these have been deemed “complete” and have been posted to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for comments: five wind, 1 biogas. The remainder were sent back for further information, or are …View the post titled REA status updates
Wind approvals issued
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has issued its first renewable energy approvals for wind turbines, under the full scale process established by the 1 year old Green Energy and Green Economy Act. They authorize two small Class 2 wind projects, and one 20 MW Class 4 project in Camden, O…View the post titled Wind approvals issued
Rules for bird studies for wind turbines
The Ministry of Natural Resources has released proposed Guidelines for wind turbine applications on both Crown and private lands. The Guidelines set out data and study requirements for applications under the Renewable Energy Approval regulation on identifying and addressing potential negativ…View the post titled Rules for bird studies for wind turbines
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